Indigo - a stunning, concentrated and powerful colour that can heal, stimulate dreams, aid psychic awakening, raise concentration - may help memory, eyesight, reduce bleeding, release tension, and release headaches. It is also used to help the sinuses and it certainly helps meditation.
Indigo conjures up the night sky, mysticism, magic and moonlight.
If you are out of balance with indigo, life may be spent too much in the mind, consorting with ‘what ifs?’ sleeplessness, mind chatter, distraction, headaches, eye trouble, sinus problems, and even some ear problems. Perhaps your veins could also be affected.
It is the colour that represents the brow chakra, (also known as the ‘third eye’ or ajna chakra) which is strongly associated with the Pineal Gland (charged with producing the serotonin derivative melatonin – a hormone that - amongst other things - regulates/affects sleep patterns.)
The Brow Chakra has a correspondence to age 36 – 42, the age when 'what about me?' and 'what's this all about anyway?' often shows up - and of course - the bigger question 'WHO AM I?'
French philosopher Rene Descartes who named the Pineal Gland 'The Seat of the Soul', spent his life studying that very thing and is responsible for a very popular quote 'I think, therefore I am.' translated from 'Cogito Ergo Sum'.
I prefer to look at it as 'I am the sum of my thoughts.' For a time we forget ourselves, we are somebody's child, brother, sister, mother, father, husband or wife, and sometimes we are our own nobody - but around 36 - 42, if we haven't already - we somehow awaken.
What we dwell on, IS what we dwell in, it was true in Rene's lifetime (1596 - 1650) and it is true now.
How do we have a healthy pineal gland? Keep up the indigo and limit your fluoride exposure - studies indicate that fluoride plays a very large part in the calcification of the pineal gland – so avoiding fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated water, and eating blueberries could be the best things you could do. Blueberries come from a family of plants called Vaccinium.
Doesn't that sound like a vaccine to you? Could they really be a natural medicine, or an antidote to what ails us?? Yes they could.
Blueberries contain a chemical called anthocyanin – which gives blueberries their COLOUR! and this chemical appears to be the one that protects neurons in the brain. Anthocyanin* promotes sharper vision, concentration, is anti inflammatory (a vasoconstrictor) and antioxidant. It’s beneficial for heart disease, and also is said to slow or stop internal bleeding. Knocking out some of the oxidative stresses associated with aging – partly by enriching and cleaning the blood. If you think about it – inflammation is going to make blood vessels swell, imagine all those tiny vessels behind your eyes and in your sinuses – it stands to reason that if they are swollen, breathing could be affected, sight may be affected, and concentration would be reduced. So introducing a vasoconstrictor into the diet - such as blueberries, is very likely to create a benefit.
If you, like me, have looked at blueberries and wondered why on earth they are so expensive – after all, they really are only food – think again. They most definitely are medicine – their lovely little fat indigo tummies bathe you in colour and with their amazing colour chemical medicinal properties – they could help your wellness significantly!!
AND you can grow them at home quite easily in large containers.
*While researching this article I discovered that blueberries, bilberries, cranberries, huckleberries and black raspberries are ALL part of the vaccinium family and all have very similar properties. Leading plant expert Michael Moore says (of huckleberries) “some folks with allergies and the tendency for skin hyperactivity may find that the tea decreases their inflammatory responses”. Source - Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West
(I expect that this would be to do with settling the capillary action/reaction that creates an itch or 'explosion' on the surface of the skin.)
Colour has been largely overlooked as a sort of fringe or alternative study, but now greater store is being set by the psychological effects it has on the human body.
Jay Neitz, Professor of Opthalmology and colour researcher from the University of Washington says:
"The cells that get excited by orange light and calmed by blue light don’t just connect to our circadian pacemaker; they also go to areas of the brain that control things like mood. This partially explains things like seasonal depression, but also helps make sense of our intuitive feelings that blues are calming and reds are energising."
'Intuitive feelings?' - isn't that good to hear coming from a scientist?
Blue and red are on the opposite ends of the spectrum which means if we have too much stimulation, too much GRRR and too much red, we could have issues with inflammation.
We all know an ‘inflammatory situation’ – is an angry one that could blow up in our faces.
So read red, sometimes, as the out of balance angry colour/emotion that it can be – do a body check and ask honestly ‘am I a bit too angry at present?’ If you are and you've been 'seeing a lot of red' lately, try bringing in some indigo (just ask for it, or use fabric - a tee shirt or scarf) to balance, or even trade it altogether for some gentler pinks.
Life needs to slow down, chill out and be restful, not restless. If you are restless, you could try an indigo duvet, to bring in the peace of the night sky, calming and tranquil.
Ancient Indigo was a crystal talisman - Lapis Lazuli available from blues, through indigo to purple) was traditionally worn by royalty to denote power, wealth, wisdom - it was even powdered for medicines (funnily enough, one of them was for the eyes) and potions, and it was used in ancient times to ward off evil.
It contains gold pyrite within, so was considered to be a powerful 'gateway to heaven.' and it was powdered and mixed with a medium for use as a deep blue colorant in paints, dyes and porcelain.
We must remember no chakra colour is more important than the next, but we need to feed our depleted colours. Being healthy in our indigo helps with clarity and order in our thoughts and in our lives.
Traditional Indigo dye from the indigo plant, was unfortunately taken right out of balance when it's beautiful colour was so highly sought after that a slave trade was created to keep up with demand. Now commercial indigo is created, rather than grown, and the trade has mellowed into something a little more palatable. The indigo plant as an Eastern herbal medicine was used to induce purging, and it has never been taken to in the West, studies cite that it was too harsh and so it was crossed off the list forthwith. I believe it's here for great things, and possibly for the mind, but those things are undiscovered as yet.
I’ve so loved looking at my own feelings about indigo and sharing some of this wisdom with you. For more information on detoxing your pineal gland – or for where to get some yummy Lapis Lazuli – message me below.
Note: The information contained in my writing is not a substitute for, or intended to be, a medical diagnosis. It is intended to inform, create awareness, pass on philosophy, studies, open possibility, and enhance wellness. My teaching and my work, partners with allopathic medicine. As always see a Doctor if you require a Doctor. There is great benefit in partnering traditional and alternative medicine.
All things in moderation.
After my last show at The Dolphin Theatre...
Elsie: Deb I have to tell you… You are responsible for the relationship I am in. It's all your fault!!
Me: ?? I am!!?? Ooh this sounds serious - something happened in your love life?
Elsie: YES! And I'm over the moon!!
Me: Yay!! I am so pleased to hear it!
Elsie: Yes!! I am TOTALLY in love.
Elsie: My BED!!! Since I came to your last show I have been telling my bed that I love it. And saying things like 'Hellooooo you gorgeous bed, just hold on a bit longer... I will be with you in a minute.'
Elsie: And you know what has happened? It's amazing!! My bed feels like it is snuggling me back! I have had dark circles under my eyes for YEARS and they are now gone!
I am sleeping so well, I can't believe it.
And it's all your fault!! Thank you so much.
Me: Hooray!! Elsie you absolutely ROCK!! Go to the top of the class!!!
The first time I met Elsie was at a Dolphin Show. I hugged her, and she later told me that a pain she had in her right lung had disappeared completely during the hug. (It never came back) She had smoke inhalation and then pneumonia, and several weeks of unwellness, but the pain had not shifted till that moment. This is why she listens intently and practices my teaching.
People listen, learn and go home and change their own lives. It's so easy - it's just AMAZING.
Before she changed the energy and her relationship with her bed, Elsie was an unsettled sleeper, and her mind would jump around from one topic to another. Now she is absolutely beaming, feeling wonderful, looking amazing, and I am rapt.
My next Shows: December 6th in Mairangi Bay tickets here & December 13th at Dolphin Theatre tickets here
We are winding the clock back 5 years. It's 3am.
I wake. I have a huge amount of information in my head and I can't get back to sleep.
It runs over and over and over. I find myself imagining conversations with people, thinking of people that have passed away, situations that did not come out the way I wanted them to, and then there is the information. The ideas. Trotting through my head. Some really amazing pieces of jewellery I could make. Some articles that would be good. Some jobs I need to do tomorrow. The amazing money spinner idea that could pay all the bills and make me a millionaire.
I toss, turn, stress out. And wake in the morning, knackered.
The millionaire idea? Gone. Jewellery? Gone. Article? Gone.
The feeling like I have had a herd of creatures passing through my head in search of a waterhole... 100% present. Argh.
I plod on with my day. Remembering at some stage that I saw my grandfather and he told me I would 'see' many things.
The millionaire idea? Still gone. Bugger. I rehydrate. (And do it all again the following night)
Coming back to present tense, medically speaking - the 3am wake up call can be linked to your blood sugar and adrenals. So if this commonly happens to you - look at your diet. However if you have all the diet boxes ticked and this still happens, bringing with it all the mind traffic...
Other key factors in restlessness/early waking can include:
Things that can help promote sleep are:
In extreme circumstances, say night terrors, for example, a house clearing or past life clearing may be required. While this might seem a bit weird, I can assure you it has been very beneficial to many people. House clearing often has many unexpected benefits, not limited to better sleep - it can often help relationships between partners or children, can sometimes help the house to be warmer, and life can just feel lighter. Commonly my audience members go home after a healing show and sleep like a log. Why? Because often the stress they were carrying has been cleared, and because it's energy work and it travels over distance - their pillow has cleared too.
Possibilities are endless once we take a look.
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- previous blog post Sleep Series: Banishing the BogeyMan
- related post - Sleep Series: Sodalite
A child that doesn't want to go to bed might be scared, unsettled or feeling rejected or abandoned, and the BogeyMan (strange and unrealistic as it may seem) is a common denominator.
Recently a blog article in the US asked bout the creepiest things children say, and many of them discussed a man they could 'see' when nobody else could.
Do you remember seeing the bogeyman? Or being scared that a hand might reach out from under the bed and grab your ankle? I do. I was petrified, and wish I knew then what I know now.
This happens a lot for kids. That man (or woman for that matter) may not actually physically be in their room, but he/she is actually in their perception, (visual, feeling or mind) and so does need to be moved...
After all - if there was a stranger in your room, would you be comfortable sleeping?
Moving unwanted visitors is done by house clearing.
A session includes energetically clearing the room, helping you tune in to the specifics, giving you tools for healing emotional or painful feelings or situations for your child, creating more connection and wellness for you as a family.
Firstly - it's you who absolutely has to sleep. Shattered parents are stressed parents. Many people believe parenting by default means disrupted sleep. What if this was not true for you? When your child feels safe and sleeps well, your chances are greatly improved.
So the odds are - setting your child, and his or her room up for better sleep is going to positively affect you.
Let's chase away the BogeyMan and get the whole family off to sleep.
I have to tell you a little story about a crystal called sodalite.
A lady (lets call her Dawn) came to visit me one day and asked me what advice or healing I could give to her for her mother, an elderly lady in a retirement village. As older people sometimes do, she would wake after only 2 or 3 hours sleep. And was lucky if she had more than 4 hours a night. She was shattered and her body needed resetting.
My newest discovery was sodalite. Oh the joys of a sound sleep!
I shared it with her daughter, told her all you had to do was pop it under a pillow - she bought a crystal from me and off she went to see Mum. I didn't hear from her again until about 3 weeks later. She rang and asked if I had more crystals because her mother had 'used that one up'. They were astounded and delighted to discover the crystal had provided night after night, (17 nights in a row) of unbroken sleep.
I wasn't surprised. In my experience, sodalite stills the mind, provides peace and settles tension. But I had a chuckle. You can't 'use the crystal up', but you can certainly load it up, and loaded up it was. I told them to rinse it in clear running water. It continued to work perfectly.
Dawn came back and brought one for each of her mothers friends and one for herself too.
Sodalite has helped children sleep through the night too. It can also be worth it's weight in gold to sleep deprived parents.*
It's value is immense, but it's extremely well priced and you could get a small handful for under $20. If you haven't discovered the benefits of sodalite, give it a try. It's wonderful stuff. Try your local crystal shop, or give me a call if you are stuck.
Sodalite is great to combine with other crystals, such as rose quartz, howlite and blue calcite. A super peaceful collection.
*Sodalite has also been known to cause extremely sleep deprived people to sleep through their alarms. Please ensure yours is turned up loudly.
Energy expert, Deb is also a spiritual teacher, healer, writer and artist.